For convenience, I used to love using tinted moisturisers and BB or CC creams with added SPF. Though I still use some of these products, especially as a top up, I’ve recently learnt the error of my ways.

At a recent appointment with my facialist, I learnt that the SPF contained in cosmetic products can last up to 25 minutes or so but after that your skin is just as vulnerable and of course I would put it on first thing, thinking that my skin would be protected throughout the whole day.

Alternatively, I was advised that even if I use those products, I must be sure to layer a separate SPF first thing in the morning beneath my makeup and top up every few hours during the day.

Here are a few of my favourite paraben-free, skin-friendly SPFs to apply before my makeup.

(above) Classic Sunscreen Face Moisturiser SPF 30 by Coola, £26 at marksandspencer.com

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-free SPF 50, £26 at dermacaredirect.co.uk

Mineral Sunscreen Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tinted Moisturiser, £29.50 at beautybay.com

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